Animal welfare is the highest priority of our venture. The stocking rates are under-stocked,
meaning that our livestock have space to roam free, for a non-intensive farming method.
This means happy unstressed animals.
To avoid the use of unnecessary farm inputs, hay is grown without the use of pesticides
or any artificial fertilizers, then bailed and stored on the farm where it is used
as a food supplement during the winter. We believe these traditional farming methods
have a lower environmental impact but are still effective for today’s food production.
It allows our farm livestock and the wildlife to live in harmony.
Hedge-cutting is undertaken infrequently, maximizing the potential for wildlife.
Fencing is kept to a minimum of 1 meter from the edge of each hedge to offer sanctuary
to wildlife. A range of traditional English trees have been planted alongside mature
trees including beech, oak, horse chestnut and sweet chestnut. In autumn the falling
beech mast, acorns, conkers and sweet chestnuts can be given to the animals, all
of which helps to keep farm inputs at a minimum. The fallen timber is left to rot,
which supports a healthy insect population, including rare hornets.